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Old 06-07-2015, 11:51 AM   #1
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Getting rid of all the dust and dander out of a camper that was stored for years?

Ok, so I've pulled my 88 Lance CL980 out of storage, and I'm slowly working on cleaning it up. I've wiped down most of the interior, but I noticed that I'm still sneezing quite a bit when I'm in the camper. Are there any products or procedures for getting rid of the dust? I have only vaccuumed the sofa bed and queen bed, but I'm wondering if shampooing is going to be necessary to get all the dust out?

Any thoughts or help is appreciated.

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Be sure to check for signs of any leakage (mold signs), old products that might have been stored in it and make sure you even clean all the crevices too. If no signs of rain, leave the windows open to air it out. We had to give our old Class C at thorough going over after traveling gravel roads. It was a dust magnet. I even got a layer of dust inside the drawers and cabinets. You might try a good smelling scent like lemon cleaning products. Good luck getting yours clean.
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Cleaning the carpets, curtains, furniture upholstery are the source of dust and dander, not just wiping walls and cabinets. Also sniff for odors and any staining that might mean mold from leaks.
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Be sure to check for signs of any leakage (mold signs), old products that might have been stored in it and make sure you even clean all the crevices too. If no signs of rain, leave the windows open to air it out. We had to give our old Class C at thorough going over after traveling gravel roads. It was a dust magnet. I even got a layer of dust inside the drawers and cabinets. You might try a good smelling scent like lemon cleaning products. Good luck getting yours clean.

I've already inspected the camper inside and out, and no signs of leakage or rot, thankfully. I appreciate the ideas! I am going to have to do some research on some good cleaners to give it a good scrub.
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If any signs of mice be aware! Hantavirus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Be safe and good luck with the cleaning.
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Be safe and good luck with the cleaning.

Thanks! I have already been through the inside and outside.. There were some spider eggs and webs around and inside the outer compartments. I've dug through the entire camper, no signs of any urine or feces from any rodent, and no rodents in the camper, along with no chew marks on anything in the camper. I am hoping I have gotten lucky in that regard, but I am still going to take precautions.
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I would take everything out that can be carried and bring in a hose and wash 'er out.
Do that to my school bus every spring,open the windows and take it for a drive.
(dont soak the wood ) if its partical board dry immediately.
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That's a pretty decent idea. The camper itself is completely empty, so the only thing I'd probably need to pull would be the upper mattress...
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I would strongly recommend do NOT hose out the camper. The floor and wall panels could absorb the water and create mold. Also, common flat surfaces are made of particle board or oriented strand wood products. Water will cause them to swell and crumble. A school bus is made of steel and other materials not harmed by water, but RVs are not.

Rent a carpet cleaner and have at the floors and upholstery, if cushion covers can be removed, you could remove and clean those while vacuuming and cleaning the underlying foam.
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Getting rid of all the dust and dander out of a camper that was stored for ye...

I just cleaned the air vent filters on my RV and was surprised how much dust they held. If your rv has little black sponge-like filters on the air intakes, clean them??
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To keep the spiders out of the outside compartments, buy a dog flea collar. Put it in the compartments to keep the spiders out. We've done that for years.
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To keep the spiders out of the outside compartments, buy a dog flea collar. Put it in the compartments to keep the spiders out. We've done that for years.
That's a really good idea!!
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To keep the spiders out of the outside compartments, buy a dog flea collar. Put it in the compartments to keep the spiders out. We've done that for years.
great idea, I learn something new every day.
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If you have access to electricity, then I can recommend a Honeywell air cleaner. Bought one at Walmart for our home bedroom. We have an older cat that spends 23 hours a day laying on the foot of the bed. I am amazed at how much dust and dander if cleans out of the air. Get the one with washable filters.
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